The Free Dove March 2017 Mini Hunts

Surprise: Two posts in one day! Every month The Free Dove hosts mini hunts from three different designers. This month’s hunts include hair from Alli&Ali, jewelry from Chop Zuey, and clothing from Nala Designs. Read on to learn what to hunt for and see some of your prizes.

The Free Dove – March Mini Hunts

March brings us three new mini hunts at The Free Dove. As usual we have three mini hunts, each from a different designer.

  1. Alli&Ali
    • We get 8 different hair styles in this hunt, each with a rainbow color HUD!
    • Hair styles for both men and women are included.
  2. Chop Zuey
    • This hunt gives us 8 stunning jewelry items.
    • Jewelry for both men and women can be found.
  3. Nala Designs
    • A total of 12 items are up for grabs.
    • This hunt focuses on women.

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Fashion Dazzle March 2017 – Abstraction/Pop Art

Happy March! Fashion Dazzle is hosting another wonderful sale, this time with the theme Abstraction/Pop Art.  Read on to see where the event is being held, how long it’s running, and which designers are participating.

 

 

 
Fashion Dazzle
– Abstraction/Pop Art

This month’s products range in price from L$99-L$1500. The event’s decor is really fun with elements of classic comics as well as abstract art all around. Make sure to drop by, there are tons of exclusives and wonderful sales! Fashion Dazzle is running from March 1 – 27. Keep an eye out for posts showing off items for sale at Fashion Dazzle all month.

The designers below can be found at Fashion Dazzle this month. Designers showcasing labelled exclusive products for this event are in bold.

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Fantasy Avatar: The Vampire Queen

Not all Second Life avatars have to be human. You’ve seen The Demoness and the Elven Maiden. Today I’ll be showing you the Vampire Queen, featuring a vampire mesh head from Catwa, gorgeous facial jewelry from Swallow, and a uniquely beautiful dress from Silvery K.

Get The Vampire Queen Look

You can likely do a vampire look with items you already have. I personally purchased only a new head for this look, however even that is not required. I’d been looking for an excuse to purchase Catwa’s Annie for while, so the opportunity was too good to pass up for this post. If you’d like to copy the style completely you can find full credits at the bottom of the post. Feel free to click any image for a larger version to check out the detail.

A Second Life Vampire Queen shows off her Catwa, Swallow, and Silvery K products
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Facial Gem – Swallow

Swallow sells a variety of accessories, jewelry, ears, and skins. Their store offers gacha machines and even a L$99 room. For accessories that make you stand out Swallow is a store you don’t want to miss.
The facial gem is actually a group gift! The group, called ^^ Swallow ^^, costs L$40 to join. Membership gives you information on new releases, promotions, and access to new gifts every month. At the time of this post the group gift wall currently has 18 free items for group members. Many people will find group membership well worth the price.

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Free Dove Friday: February 25, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the third installment of Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases an entire outfit by Emerald Couture for Men.

Fast Facts On The Brand

  1. Emerald Couture for Men
    • Focused on Men’s products
      • Is part of the larger Emerald Couture which has a large selection for women as well.
    • Offers formal and casual styles
    • Find more at the Marketplace Store.

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Fantasy Avatar: The Elven Maiden

Not all Second Life avatars have to be human. A few days ago you saw The Demoness. Today I’ll be showing you a gorgeous elven maiden featuring ears from Swallow and a beautiful dress from Arwen’s Creations.

Get The Elven Maiden Look

For this character I only needed to purchase the elf ears and dress. Of course not all elves need to be clothed in flowing dresses, but I wanted mine to have a style that I didn’t currently have in my inventory. If you’d like to copy the avatar completely you can find full credits at the bottom of the post. Feel free to click any image for a larger version to check out the detail.

 

An elven maiden shows off her looks from TRUTH, Swallow, and Arwen's Creations.
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Elven Ears – Swallow

Swallow sells not only various ears (for elves and humans) but also a variety of accessories, jewelry, and skins. Their store offers gacha machines and even a L$99 room. For accessories that make you stand out Swallow is a store you don’t want to miss.

These ears are a real treat. They come with an in depth HUD to ensure your ears are unlike any others. There are 27 preset skin tones, but if you can’t find your match there you can use the color picker or even an RGB input for the proper color match. You can also choose between 25 “shades” (ear tip colors/glow) and 31 tattoo options including two in the style of Lord of the Rings.  Sizing the ears for a perfect fit is easily handled via the HUD. Depending on your skin, the ears may have a noticeable seam where your head stops and the ears stop. If you find this to be the case you can easily cover the seam with hair or accessories.

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Fantasy Avatar: The Demoness

Not all Second Life avatars have to be human. In fact, non human avatars are a common sight in Second Life. Today I’ll be showing you a beautiful demoness. The best part about making many fantasy humanoids is that they can build off the human base you may already be using!
Shoutout to hhhnnnnnggggggg for inspiring this post! The redditor commented on a post about Second Life Avatar Questions and mentioned he or she had purchased a set of bento demon wings. That in addition to a short conversation about fantasy avatars gave me the little push to start showing off some non human characters.

Get the Demoness Look

Since most players likely have the basics they enjoy using (such as a body, feet, hands, head) I haven’t included those in this section. I used mostly products that I already had, however a few new purchases were made. If you’d like to copy the style completely you can find full credits at the bottom of the post. Feel free to click any image for a larger version to check out the detail.

Wings and Tail- EVolved creatures

A second life demoness shows off her wings and tail by evolved creations

EVolved creatures creates bento fantasy enhancements for avatars. At the time of this posting the current selection is small, but each item is versatile, great quality, and beautiful. They currently offer the following products:

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Free Dove Friday: February 17, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the second installment of Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases products by alaskametro and 1 Hundred.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. alaskametro
    • Clothes, shoes, makeup, nail polish, skins, you name it, alaskametro has it.
    • Focused on products for women.
    • Larger selection at the Marketplace Store.
  2. 1 Hundred.
    • Offers a diverse collection of clothing for women.
    • Has a group gift section.
    • More to find at the Marketplace Store.

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Fashion Dazzle: 7 Deadly s{K}ins – Davina

One of the most well known skin creators in Second Life, Izara Zuta, has brought her exclusive Davina skin to Fashion Dazzle! Read on for a sneak peek and more information about  7 Deadly s{K}ins – Davina.

 

 

 


Fast Facts: 7 Deadly s{K}ins

  1. Offers a wide variety of realistic skins for both men and women.
    • Skins are available as appliers or as skins for system bodies
  2. Has an in world location as well as a presence on the Marketplace.
    • In world location offers gacha
    • Marketplace has over 500 products
  3. VIP group is available. Perks include:
    • Free gifts every month
    • Midnight Mania and Mini Mania Boards
    • Discounts on select products for group members

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Shapes and Skins: Making You Unique

Shapes and Skins are a core part of your Second Life avatar. They determine your proportions and how your body looks to you and others. The skin compliments the shape and vice versa. Keep reading to learn just how your shape and skin choices can make you look unique.

Shape Basics

Your shape controls the base shape of your avatar. When using a system avatar every single slider will alter a different part of your head, body, hands, or feet. With mesh avatars these can be altered as well, however some sliders may or may not have much of an impact on what you see. You can purchase shapes, create your own, or edit some that you’ve already obtained (as long as they have modify permissions).

I think of the shape as the foundation of my avatar. Every skin, every piece of clothing, and every accessory is used in conjunction with the shape. As shapes vary greatly it’s not uncommon for some clothing and accessories to require a little alteration to fit perfectly on a custom shape.

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Free Dove Friday: February 10, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the first installment of Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases products by Duh!, Apple May Designs, and KingbalStores.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. Duh!
    • Shoes and accessories
    • Main store has mostly women’s items,
    • Marketplace store  has more men’s items.
  2. Apple May Designs
    • Skins, shapes, clothing, shoes, and accessories
    • Main store focuses on women
    • Marketplace store has more options for men
  3. KingbalStores
    • Shoes and clothing
    • Sells products for men and women
    • Marketplace store has huge selection

Read moreFree Dove Friday: February 10, 2017

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